Cafe Secret is charming family owned open-air Peruvian restaurant located in the heart of Del Mar's European-style downtown. It is famous for its traditional ceviche and wonderful, warm atmosphere. Literally on the street, the restaurant's tables are surrounded by a profusion of blooming bougainvillea and tasteful Peruvian traditional textiles.
The aesthetics are simple and unassuming, letting the food shine. If you have never tasted Peruvian food, Cafe Secret is going to open your eyes. Start with Ceviche Mixto with fresh local fish, jumbo shrimp, octopus, Peruvian scallops, calamari, and New Zealand Green Lip mussels. For the main course, try Aji de gallina, a pulled chicken breast in aji sauce with walnuts, parmesan, and aji.
If you still have any space left, go for Quatros leches with strawberries and merengue. It is impossible not to fall in love with Peruvian food once you taste it prepared in just the right way, like in Cafe Secret. If you are lucky, there will be a guitar player strumming in the corner.
1140 Camino Del Mar, California 92014, website, Phone: 858-792-0821
Photo: Cafe Secret
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